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The thrill of victory was evident on Jim Miceli's face upon winning the primary in 1977, a key moment in his path to the State House. (file photo)

Looking back on a political life: Rep. Jim Miceli served 40 years in the State House

“I’m afraid I’ve just redistricted you out of existence,” was the welcome that Jim Miceli re­ceived at the State House in 1977.

Majority Leader George Kever­ian was wrong. He had assumed that Jim Miceli would be a one-term state representative. Kever­ian had just completed a redistricting plan that would put Mi­celi into a Tewksbury-Wil­mington district. Conven­tional wisdom had it that a Tewksbury candidate would prevail in the 1978 election.

But two candidates came forth in Tewksbury, splitting the vote, and Miceli won. He topped the combined total for the two Tewks­bury candidates by four votes. He was re-elected in the new district 20 times over, be­coming the second longest representative in Massa­chusetts history.

Rep. Jim Miceli, senior member of the Massachu­setts House of Represen­tatives, died on Sat­urday morning during opening ceremonies at Wilmington Lit­tle League. He served more than 40 years in the House. He was known for his in­tegrity and hard work. The hallmark for his ca­reer was his ability to prove his doubters and critics wrong.

He had been appointed to the Wilmington Planning Board in 1963, where he quickly built a rep­utation for being outspoken. He ran for selectman in 1965, placing fourth in a field of seven candidates.

In January 1966, he and Melvin Bloom received letters from Town Manager Richard Henne­berger, infor­ming them that they were no longer members of the Plan­ning Board. The selectmen had voted to reduce the board from seven to five members.

There was little question that the move was undertaken to silence Miceli. Instead, it sparked his political ca­reer. Miceli again ran for selectman in a field of six candidates vying for two seats.

On March 3, 1966, the Town Crier ran an editorial, The Phearless Phorecast, predicting that Miceli would win.

“That gentleman has positively got coffee running out of his ears, he has been at­tending so many house parties. After Saturday’s election, he will probably drink nothing but tea for three weeks.”

The “phorecast” was right, as far as the election outcome. Mi­celi topped the ticket. Whether he drank tea for three weeks is not known.

He was re-elected as sel­ectman three times, and was chairman twice. He twice ran for state rep against Fred F. Cain, in 1970 and 1972, running as a Repub­lican. Wilmington at the time was solidly Democra­tic, as was much of the state. After the second loss, Jim Miceli became a Democrat.

Then on May 16, 1977, Rep. Fred Cain died. He had been a solid fixture in the State House for 13 years. Soon thereafter, a field of four Democrats evolved: Bob Cain, Kevin McKelvey, Tom Marden and Jim Miceli.

The primary was held on the last day of July, and Miceli won, 1,573 to Cain’s 1,313.

The final election was set for Aug. 28, and there was no Re­publican on the ballot. Then Bob Cain announced he would run on stickers. When the smoke cleared, Cain had gained six votes, making his Wilmington total 1,319, plus 103 in Billerica. Miceli had 2,375 votes in Wilmington, plus 250 in Bil­lerica. He picked up some 600 votes over the primary.

Miceli was sworn in two weeks later by Lt. Gov. Tom O’Neill. He was welcomed by House Majority Leader George Keverian, who, be­ing of Armenian extraction, was very happy to have another Armenian on board.

Jim’s mother Louise was Armenian, and she was on hand for the swearing in ceremony.

Keverian, who later be­came Speaker of the Massa­chusetts House, became a friend and supporter of Mi­celi, later appearing at a re-election rally.

Miceli tackled some long-term issues for Wilmington and Tewksbury. Of primary interest was the rebuilding of Route 129 and Wilmington Square. It seemed as if nothing could be done in the square, as the Burlington Avenue railroad bridge presented many challenges. It took many years, but a new bridge was finally built. It was dedicated to Jim Miceli.

Another place you will find Miceli’s name is at the Buz­zell Senior Center. When the Council on Aging took over the old Buzzell School, he was its primary supporter, obtaining funding as well as construction assistance from the Carpenters’ Union.

He was especially proud of the Town Forest in North Wil­ming­ton, which he initiated as a sel­ectman, and then supported with funding as a legislator. It is the lar­gest parcel of open space in the town.

In Tewksbury, he worked very hard to bring about the renovation of the town center. He also secured $600,000 for the senior center. With the town in dire fi­nancial straits, he secured funding to enable the town to pay its teachers.

He was especially good at “bringing home the bacon,” so to speak, securing state funding for many good projects in both towns. The Tewksbury Hospital became a beneficiary of his ef­forts, and the hundreds of acres on the hospital property have served up locations for several good projects.

In a surprise move, Miceli be­came a candidate for Con­gress in 2007 when Marty Meehan re­signed to become Chancellor of U-Mass. Low­ell. He did not even live in the district, although that was not a requirement, and he did represent Tewksbury which was in the Fifth Con­gressional District. He only polled six percent in the primary, but he said the candidacy served him well in the State House.

The Miceli family moved to Wilmington in the mid 1950s, into a small house on North Street. Jim was attending Northeastern University. He graduated in 1958 with a degree in Business Ad­minis­tration. That same year, he married Jean Matson, whom he had met at Northeastern.

They bought a house in North Wilmington in 1961 and raised three children. He went to work selling in­surance and became a top producer for Liberty Mu­tual. When Massachusetts introduced vanity plates, Miceli landed the plate MUTUAL. He later became a member of the Warren Leavitt firm, and then opened his own office. He sold that business in 2000.

Jim was active in the Jaycees, the Junior Cham­ber of Com­merce, an organization for men under age 35. The Wilmington Jaycees became a strong political base for Miceli. He also belonged to many other lo­cal or­ganizations, including the Elks, Lions, the Sons of Italy, and Knights of Col­umbus.




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MICELI, James R. Democratic State Representative Passed away peacefully on April 21, 2018. A man of unerring moral principles, consummate integrity and deep devotion to his constituents and, above all, his family, State Representative James R. Miceli was the second-longest serving member of the Massachusetts Legislature. He continuously represented the towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury since his 1977 election to the House of Representatives, and he was a passionate and tenacious advocate for his constituents and the causes he held dear. During his 21st term, he was Vice Chair of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and served on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, the House Committee on Personnel and Administration, and the House Committee on Ways and Means. Rep. Miceli grew up in Boston's North End and graduated from Boston English High School in 1953. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from Northeastern University in 1958 and met his beloved wife, Jean Mattson, while both were students at Northeastern. They were married on August 9, 1958, in Rockport, Massachusetts, and moved to Wilmington in 1961. Rep. Miceli began his career in the insurance industry at State Mutual Insurance Company in 1958, moving to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company a year later. In 1972, he joined the Walter G. Leavitt Agency in Stoneham and opened his agency in Wilmington in 1975. Rep. Miceli retired from his insurance business in 2000 and focused on his work in the legislature for the next nearly two decades. Rep. Miceli's political career commenced in 1963 with his appointment to the Wilmington Planning Board. He was elected to the Board of Selectmen in 1966, and he served four terms, two as Chairman, until 1978. His first term in the House of Representatives began in late 1977. Known for the legendary work ethic that drove his above-and-beyond effort for all he served, Rep. Miceli was kind, compassionate and exceptionally thoughtful in the many ways that he helped people throughout his life. Above all, he was dedicated to his family, and he took great pride in the accomplishments of his children, Hope, James Jr. and Christina, and his cherished grandchildren, Andrew Jr., James III, Katherine, Q Jane, Alexander and Christopher. Rep. Miceli is the son of the late Vincenzo and Louise Miceli and brother of the late Josephine McCoy. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean; daughter and son-in-law Hope and Andrew Spalla of Trumbull, Connecticut; son and daughter-in-law James Jr. and Joanne Miceli of Sparta, New Jersey; and daughter and son-in-law Christina Miceli and Sanford Arbogast of Tewksbury. He is also survived by his grandchildren Andrew Spalla Jr. of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Katherine Spalla of Astoria, New York; James III and his wife, Shanna, Miceli of Arlington, Virginia; Q Jane and her husband, Alexander, Carleton of Fort Lupton, Colorado; and Alexander Arbogast and Christopher Arbogast of Tewksbury. Rep. Miceli is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting Hours: Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue (Route 62), WILMINGTON, MA, on Thursday, April 26th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, April 27th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Representative Miceli's memory may be made to the Development Office Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington Street, #231, Boston, MA 02111 or to the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. Nichols Funeral Home 978-658-4744 www.nicholsfuneralhome.com
Published in The Boston Globe from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2018


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